Q. Mr. Arbuthnot, you are an expert in the use of the cliché as applied to literary criticism?
A. I am told that I am, Mr. Sullivan.
Q. We shall soon find out. What is this object, marked Exhibit A?
A. That is a book.
Q. Good. What kind of book is it?
A. It is a minor classic.
Q. And what kind of document is it?
A. It is a valuable human document.
Q. Very good, Mr. Arbuthnot. Please continue.
A. It is a book in which the results of painstaking--or scholarly-- research are embodied, and it should appeal to a wide public. This reviewer could not put it down.
Q. Why not?
A. Because of its penetrating insight. It is a sincere and moving study of family life against the background of a small cathedral town. It is also a vivid and faithful portrayal.
Q. How written?
A. Written with sympathy, pathos, and kindly humor. It throws a clear light on a little understood subject and is well worth reading.
Q. How is it illustrated?
A. Profusely. It is original in conception, devoid of sentimentality, highly informative, consistently witty, and rich in color. You should place it on your library list.
A. Because it strikes a new note in fiction. Mystery and suspense crowd its pages. The author has blended fact and fiction and the result is an authentic drama of social revolution, a definite contribution to proletarian literature.
Q. Told with a wealth of what?
A. Told with a wealth of detail.
Q. And how portrayed?